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Aberlour a’Bunadh Batch 42

Distillery: Aberlour
Name: a’Bunadh Batch 42
Region: Speyside
Age: ?
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 60.3%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 3cl
Price: No longer available
Nose: Sherry, baked fruits, spice, sweetness, marzipan
Taste: Oily, rich, sherry, black cherry, sweet, dry, spicy
Finish: Long, warm, spicy, dry, oaky
Rating: 8/10

So I have managed to get my hands on another, older, a’Bunadh from Aberlour, a Batch 42 this time. This will be the 3rd (excluding the early one as I don’t really remember that one) a’Bunadh I’ve tried, 42, 45 & 48.

Has a slightly stronger nose to it than the others, lighter however. There are less dark fruits in it, more like baked fruits with a bit more sweetness from the addition of marzipan that the others did not have.

The palate is also lighter than the others, still oily and rich, just not as much. It has a nice sweetness level and when the sherry notes turn to black cherry, what can I say but it a lovely dram. Hold it for a while and it begins to dry and the spice makes an appearance, not as much ABV burn as expected, the 48 has much more. Both the dryness and the spice remain on the long and warm finish, fantastic on a dark, cold winter evening.

I’ve enjoyed trying another a’Bunadh, I can really see why they have such a good reputation, all of which I have really enjoyed. All have differences but also have an underlying commonality. It’s hard to pick a winner but I’d say the 42 just about gets it due to the fact that it is the easiest to drink out of them yet still has all that flavour and richness present.

Thanks to Tom (@Tom_Blumsom) for the sample.

Deanston 12 Year Old

Distillery: Deanston
Region: Highland
Age: 12
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 40%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 10cl
Price: £10 (from The Whisky Shop)
Nose: Vanilla, chocolate, plum
Taste: Chocolate, creamy, dark fruits
Finish: Medium length, oaky, slightly dry
Rating: 6/10

This was the second of three in a tasting set that was bought for me. It has been finished in Oloroso sherry casks so has a nice copperish colour to it. I was fortunate enough to be part of the The Whisky Stramash (@WhiskyStramash) tweet tasting this Tuesday gone, and one of the drams included was a Deanston 12 year old, with added vanilla pods, it was lovely. This reminded me that I had a bottle of Deanston in that I had not opened, so now it is.

It has a lovely nose it with a strong vanilla note to it with underlying chocolate and plum also. On the palate the chocolate is quite powerful and gives it a lovely creamy texture followed but some dark fruit action. The finish is of medium length with a subtle oaky note and the slight dryness that goes with it.

Overall it is a nice dram, a good nose with plenty of flavour. That’s 2 out of 2 for Deanston so far, I may have to try some more of their offerings.

Tomintoul 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Finish

Distillery: Tomintoul
Name: Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish
Region: Speyside
Age: 12
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 40%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 70cl
Price: £32
Nose: Light, crisp, sherry
Taste: Creamy, fresh, sherry, vanilla
Finish: Dry, sweet, warm
Rating: 7/10

A limited edition run of a 12 year old finished in Oloroso Sherry casks for 18 months. As a big fan of Oloroso finished whiskies I was looking forward to this one; I was not disappointed either. With only 18 months in sherry casks it’s like it has had a light drizzle of sherry, it still has a relatively light nose and palate, with a freshness to it but with an added complexity from the sherry.

It is a refreshing, easy drinking sherry cask dram, which as far as I am concerned, cannot be a bad thing, it’s not often I find an ‘everyday’ sherry cask whisky, but I think this is one of them. It is not the most complex, but it is full of flavour and definitely a moorish dram.

Dalmore 12 Year Old

Distillery: Dalmore
Region: Highland
Age: 12
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 40%
Batch No.: N/A
Colour: Amber
Nose: Sherry, spicy, oak
Taste: Thin, light, earthy
Finish: Short, dry
Rating: 4/10
Dalmore 12 year old

The Dalmore 12yo is matured in American white oak, ex-bourbon casks for 9 years, before a quarter of it is separated and placed into 30yo oloroso sherry casks, or so it says on the box. This makes for an interesting, reasonably complex nose, but without being too rich or complex. There is a subtle sherry sweetness present on the nose, nothing to powerful though, it is a good balance between that, the spiciness and the earthy, oaky notes; maybe just a little too much on the oak and earthiness for me, slightly overpowers the other aromas.

Surprisingly thin and light for a sherry cask, most probably because only a quarter is placed into the sherry cask. You do get some of the complexities coming through though, with the oak and earthy flavours coming through towards the end of the palate. There is not really any sweetness that comes through which is usually commonplace in sherry casks, it does in fact lead to quite a dry and short finish.

For me the earthy and oaky notes that are present throughout let it down, they are just a little too overpowering and I find myself concentrating on those aromas and flavours, more than the others that are hidden in there. At around £38, I would not personally purchase another bottle, it is overpriced for what you get in my eyes. Packaging is impressive though.